Location, Location, Location
Kirstie and Phil are back with a brand new series of Location Location Location, helping house hunters across the country solve their property predicaments. Britain’s favourite property double act will be pounding the pavements battling tricky markets and trying to match great expectations with budgets big and small. But if anyone can make property dreams come true, Kirstie and Phil can!
Episode 1 – LONDON RIVER
Kirstie and Phil are back and taking on the Capital in a bid to find two homes for two very different sets of house hunters. Our property duo will be searching in and around the pricey postcodes close to the river Thames. They may be on home turf but London is one of the most expensive and competitive cities to buy property in the world so they’re going to have to pull out all the stops if they’re going to make these property dreams a reality.
It’s double trouble for Kirstie as she helps 6ft 7 identical twins, Matt and Chris Wickham, who want to club together to buy their first home. Sadly their dad recently passed away and the boys have decided to use the inheritance to increase their budget to £350,000. It’s a healthy first time buyer budget but the towering twins also have very high expectations, with their favourite areas being the central spots north of the river like Pimlico and Victoria – all premium locations with price tags to match. That, along with two equal sized bedrooms, good ceiling height and great transport links to the city is a mixture that could give Kirstie serious double vision!
Phil doesn’t have it any easier, he’s helping Sam Taylor and his fiancé Krystle Maher who are desperate to move out of their small rented flat in Deptford and into a home of their own before the big day. They have a top budget of £295,000 but have very different ideas of what they’re looking for. Sam is looking for something with character and is happy to do work to create their dream home. Krystle on the other hand wants a high spec finish with views of the London skyline. To confuse matters even more they’re also torn between the luxurious London lifestyle and suitably sensible suburbia. It’s up to Phil to guide this easily confused pair through the property maze and hopefully into a home of their own.
Can Phil and Kirstie crack the Capital and get these hopeful house hunters out of rented and into their own happy homes?
Episode 2 – NORTH OF LEEDS
Kirstie and Phil are back taking charge of two more property predicaments. This week they’re taking on Yorkshire as they pound the pavements of the beautiful spa towns of Harrogate and Ilkley, as well as the northern neighbourhoods of Leeds. From two young first time buyers looking to settle down to a family who have been scarred by a previous purchase, this search challenges Kirstie and Phil in ways they never anticipated.
27 year old Mike Richie and his girlfriend Katy Roberts have recently returned home after 10 months globetrotting. They’ve both found new jobs in Leeds and have decided now’s the time to put down roots and put their five year plan into action…music to Kirstie’s ears! They have a top budget of £147,000 and are looking for a 2 to 3 bedroom house with a good size kitchen or the potential to create one. They should be Kirstie’s dream house hunters but they have another rather large request…they want off street parking for their brand spanking new car! Will Kirstie be able to keep her cool and get her young buyers to prioritise or will the back seat driving gloves come off?
Meanwhile Phil is helping Ann-Marie McCullough and partner Lee Connolly. They bought an apartment in Leeds at the height of the property boom but quickly realised they’d made a big mistake. It’s been six years since their property disaster and they’re ready to brave the market once more. They have a budget of £235,000 but they’ve set very high standards this time round. They want a period home with 3 bedrooms and 2 family rooms. Since the arrival of one-year-old daughter Georgia space has become a priority but they’re looking in some of Yorkshires most sought after spots where good properties have price tags to match. It’s up to Phil to counsel them through their property phobias and help them move on and hopefully move in!
Episode 3 – ABERDEENSHIRE
This week Kirstie and Phil are in Scotland bringing their property finding mission to the granite city- Aberdeen. Both sets of house hunters have relocated here for work, both are looking for family homes- and both want to find them quickly.
Seven months ago engaged couple Helen Barr and Brian Clarence were living in Essex awaiting the arrival of their first child. Brian was offered a job in Aberdeen that was too good to refuse so they relocated the length of the country just in time for baby Frankie to arrive. They’ve been living in rented but with baby number 2 now on the way it’s time to find a family home. They have a healthy budget of £350,000 but could stretch to £400,000 for the right house. The problem for Phil is they don’t agree at all on what they’re looking for… Brian wants to make some money doing a bit of work to a house- and his main priority seems to be finding a bargain. But Helen wants more quality time together so a project isn’t for her. Will they be able to agree on what’s important- or will Phil be well and truly stick in the middle!
Meanwhile Kirstie’s under just as much pressure. Kirsten and Scott Laing live with their two children Natalie and Max in the coastal town of Kirkcaldy. Their world was turned upside down when Scott was made redundant. Luckily 3 weeks later Scott secured a new job but unfortunately it was 100 miles north in Aberdeen… The family have been separated during the week- but they’ve put together a top budget of £200,000 to put that right. They need a semi-rural house with enough space for the whole family- and it’s up to Kirstie to get this family back together again…
Episode 4 – LONDON SOUTH SIDE
Kirstie and Phil are searching in South London with three essential workers who need all the help they can get. They’re all new to the area, have very modest budgets and want to find their dream first homes in a city where property doesn’t come cheap! It’s no wonder they’ve called on the nations favourite property experts to clinch a deal.
Civil partners Jo Hendle and Ally Macdonald met and fell in love at Soho Pride 3 years ago. They’d love to have a family but want to be in their own home before two becomes three. Unfortunately for Phil, renting in the beautiful but expensive Belsize Park has given them high expectations. With a maximum budget of £200,000 Ally and Jo want a 2 bedroom home that gives them room to grow. Area is high on their list of priorities and they know if they want to buy they have to move south of the river where it’s more affordable. So their aim is to find somewhere that offers them the community feel they’re leaving behind. The pressure’s on Phil to use his property know how and get this particular pair into their first family home.
Meanwhile Kirstie’s with first time buyer, Jennifer Dean, a Liverpudlian who after years of saving hard is now ready to buy her first home in the Capital. She has £209,000 and wants a 2 bedroom flat close to good transport links. She’d love a period property that’s in move in condition with some outside space for her 2 kittens. Jennifer has been dreaming of owning her own home since she was twelve years old so she’s had plenty of time to conjure up the perfect pad! Can Kirstie make Jennifer’s property dreams come true or is she going to have to teach her the art of compromise?